Yesterday I watched a film. It wasn’t a very good film, but it made me cry. As a bloke, this is hugely embarrassing. But there was something about the film that stirred my emotions.
What are emotions? What happens, physically, to cause tears to be released from the eyes? It’s all a bit odd, isn’t [...]
So we are four days into judging the International Wine Challenge. Now, as a panel chair, contracted for all 10 days of judging, I am biased, but I think it’s the best and biggest blind tasting competition in the world.
Of course, not all wines enter. But well in excess of 10 000 do (the figure [...]
Should wine critics allow personal stylistic preferences affect their judgments on wine?
I recently had a discussion on twitter with a respected US wine critic from a major publication, who kept emphasizing that personal stylistic preferences had no place in his ratings. He was quite insistent.
It’s a question I haven’t really considered before. I like the [...]
For those who just look at this blog, here are some of the longer articles that I have posted on the main wineanorak site:
Weinbach: an amazing tasting at this star Alsace domaine
Newton Johnson: great wines from this Hemel-en-Aarde star
Malatinszky: reviewing this celebrated producer from Hungary’s Villany region
Vadio: impressive wines from Barraida, Portugal
Grand Burgundy tasting: at [...]
So on Friday, while I was still in Cape Town, the episode of Rip Off Britain that I took part in aired. If you have access to the BBC iPlayer, you can catch up with the show online until the end of next week (28 March). The wine segment is in two parts: the first [...]
I rarely permit guest posts, but here’s one from Henry Jeffreys, because he asked nicely, and I like his writing. It’s about wine book publishing and how it has changed of late, largely from a UK perspective:
I have a bit of thing about old wine books. I can’t resist picking them up no matter how [...]
For those of us making a living writing about wine, there’s a choice we have to make. Do we position ourselves as experts or generalists? Do we specialize in just a few areas, going deep, or do we try to maintain a global focus, covering all regions more generally?
For anyone starting out, I’d say focus [...]
A few weeks ago I posted about the ML wines competition held by Lallemand in Madrid.
The results are now out (click on the image below to see it full size as a pdf).
Today I have been sorting through some old pictures. They’re really old, some as far back as 1970. I’ve changed a lot since then.
The wine world has changed a lot since then, too. But still, compared with our lifespan, wine has a sense of permanence. It is rooted in the place, and the place is [...]
Heraclitus was right. You can’t step in the same stream twice. The stream is ever changing and you are changed by your experience of the stream.
It’s like that with wine and music.
You can’t listen to the same piece of music twice. I remember as a teenager that sense of anticipation as I put a new [...]